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RC Lance Hohaia

RapidChat: Lance Hohaia

Back in 2002, New Zealand native, Lance Hohaia, catapulted into his professional rugby career at the early age of 19. Since his retirement (nearly three years ago), his transition back into the "real world" has come with its own unique set of ups and downs. Thankfully for him, his journey back to Grand Rapids with his family is proving to be a positive one.

treetopscollective

UIX: Treetops Collective celebrates newcomers, helps refugees thrive after resettlement

How can West Michigan do a better job of welcoming refugees? The Treetops Collective and other organizations in the area are answering this question by working to create an inclusive community where new residents are supported.

Ted Velie

RapidChat: Ted Velie on Michigan House at SXSW, supporting our state's growing art scene & more

As Grand Rapids continues to grow and mature, conversations surrounding the arts community within our city are becoming increasingly relevant -- most notably when it comes to talent retention. Creator of Middle West Creative Ted Velie and a handful of his partners around town saw an opportunity to take Michigan and its culture on the road.  From that, Michigan House emerged.

Ferry Farm

Heading home: For many who grew up on the farm, roots run deep

Paul Pridgeon remembers graduating from Central Michigan University and asking himself the question that swirls in the minds of so many recent graduates: now what?

Talent

Recruiting, retaining & fostering talent: West Michigan's changing workforce and a desire for place

The culture of work has changed. Rarely do individuals begin and end their careers in the same position, at the same desk or with the same few titles. What does that mean for West Michigan companies looking to recruit and retain talent? Well, for starters, it's a lot about a sense of place.
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